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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Heronswood Early Spring Sale

The famous Heronswood garden is once again looking grand thanks to the excellent stewardship of the Port Gamble S'klallam Tribe, the property's new owners.  Dan Hinkley, the garden's creator, is working with the tribe to lead a team of garden caretakers.  In a later post, we'll roam the garden but today, lets have a peek at the sale!


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Unfortunately, I didn't stay for the lectures. Mr Hinkley is always entertaining and has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things plant.  Riz's talk, “The Influence of Heronswood: How I Learned to Travel the World in One Garden,"   sounded like it echoed the sentiments of so many gardeners in this region, myself included, who were educated and inspired by walking the magical Douglas Fir cathedral of Heronswood.

 The morning started out a bit rainy but by the time the sale started, the rain had stopped and later, walking in the garden, the sun, a welcome guest star in the drama of our spring, actually made an appearance.



So many podophyllum, so little space.  The thrill of seeing these leaves emerge each spring is still a thrill.

Podophyllum delavayi transports me to Heronswood where I first saw this, then nearly unobtainable, otherworldly foliage.

In case you were wondering, one called P. 'Galaxy,' not pictured, jumped into my hand and wouldn't leave.
Pleione formosana always make a splash in the spring.
Helleborus multifidus subsp. hercegovinus small leaf form would certainly have come home with me, had I not already noticed my own emerging beautifully from the soil.

Schefflera hoi

Fabulous fern fronds.  

Enjoyable to see so many plant-crazed patrons fondling foliage.  

Cardiocrinum giganteum var. yunnanense.  Kelly's (Far Reaches Farm) description on the tag is worth the purchase price of the plant. "Cardiocrinum is exciting enough but variety yunnanense with its burnished copper new growth causes pulses to elevate along with dilated pupils and flaring nostrils. When this is blooming it is almost as good as sex. It takes a few years but purple flushed white flowers on 12' stalks - oh yes!"


Heloniopsis acutifolia


Such a beautiful trillium.  The sight of this sent me out to my own garden to find my large clump is in bloom.  My poor garden really has been neglected this soggy spring. 

Snake-like Arisaema arising from winter slumber, as if charmed by spring's pungi.

Corydalis quantmeyerana 'Chocolate Stars' 


Sebright Gardens' irresistible mixed and tightly-packed display dripping with abutilon and fuchsia blooms.

A couple more Epimedium will be planted in my garden, due to the encouragement of an enabler.  Who can resist such a tough plant or such an avid gardener?

Leaving with treasures.  Not sure if this is Rhododendron 'Wine and Roses' or R. 'Everred' but aren't the wine-red undersides of the leaves fantastic?



21 comments:

  1. So glad you had a good time and found some delightful treasures at the Heronswood sale! Epimedium is one of my fave plants too. Such a perfect plant for dry shade. I have a huge patch of E. perralchium 'Frohnleiten' that I'm going to spread around this year.

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    1. It was fun but I almost didn't go because of the rain.

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  2. "the sun, a welcome guest star in the drama of our spring"...oh how I love that line!

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    1. Let's hope that the sun gets a recurring role!

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  3. Wow. You found a treasure chest.

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  4. I agree, WOW. What a wonderful sale of so much loveliness. To me, living down here in the sub-tropics, your plants are foreign. Most of them I've never heard of. There is fantastic loveliness all around this world we live in.

    Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

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    1. I'm sometimes envious of all of the wonderful plants you can grow in Florida, some of which we can only grow as house plants. However, I'm not envious of your humidity and alligators. You're right, a fantastic loveliness all around the world!

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  5. Lucky you! I love Far Reaches' descriptions almost as much as I like their plants.

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  6. Wow. What even runs through your mind when you're heading out to one of these things!? It's like you have to either focus on a budget or one or two plant groups because otherwise you're all over the place!

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    1. I'm a bit jaded having so many awesome nurseries and specialty growers nearby and already have many of the plants offered. Because my space is so full, any new plant requires the removal of something else to make space. It makes it a bit easier not to run wild at these sales.

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  7. I know your winter weather was particularly dreadful, that rain continues to plague you, and that the sun generally has been falling down on the job up there, but you must never forget that you live in a gardening fantasy land, populated by a healthy number of plant addicts and people ready, willing and able to support them.

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    1. Thank you for the reminder! Despite the wet winter, we really are very lucky.

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  8. That does look like a great sale!
    I am looking forward to your photos of the garden. We haven't been there for a long time and were sad when it closed and was "molested" by the Burpee owners. I'm glad to hear it is being restored.

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    1. The garden looks better each time I go back. It was heartbreaking seeing it the first time after the period of relative neglect.

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  9. Fantastic, you were certainly in your element there, what a wonderful plant sale!

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    1. It was a great way to spend the morning!

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  10. Interesting Podophyllum. I didn't know that good old Mayapple had such quirky relatives.

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